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St. Peter's Organic Ale - St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

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St. Peter's Organic AleSt. Peter's Organic Ale

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78
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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.42%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-02-2003)
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Reviews by katybee:
Photo of katybee
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%

Gotta love the bottles they use! It's what attracted me. That, and the brewery is a classic old cloister in Britain which draws the water from its own springs. But, the beer itself seemed pretty standard to me...

Appearance was a bit cloudy yellow, more like a hef than a filtered ale. Little head, little carbonation actually, after just a few minutes.

Smell none to speak of.

Taste was brite, a little grapefruit citrus bite to a malty base, pungent and peppery. Perhaps a bit of hardness from the water. When the carbonation disipated the taste quickly went flatter. But none of the hops which predominate American lagers. Mostly dry citrus; very little sweetness.

Light-bodied, some texture from carbonation, crisp. Like a tangy PBR. Refreshing; not really substantial or memorable; reminded me of Sessions beer.

katybee, Apr 05, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%

Cool-looking bottle!

Poured a hazy golden color with a bright white head. Some lacing of the glass and moderate retention. Aromas have a macro note to them mixed with some peppery zip. Flavor is...blah. Not much going on here. There's a bit of bready character, mixed with a bit of hoppy bitterness near the end and finishes with a dash of sweetness. On the thin side and nothing in the glass made me reach for another.

OldFrothingSlosh, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev +10%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of Sept 2010 - so this one's well out of date. Picked up cheap from my favourite beer specialist; hopefully still in reasonable condition.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A hazy golden-amber hue with plentiful carbonation and visible sediment. Yields a small head of white foam that subsides rapidly. Residue in the bottle indicates the presence of live yeast. Aroma of light malt with hints of earthy yeast and pleasing notes of citrus hops.

Tastes of light grainy malt with a mild bitter finish. Notes of dry, earthy yeast, esters and citrus. A faint background hint of stewed hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, with nice body. Leaves a bitter, yeasty aftertaste.

A decent ale with a subtle hoppy character. I don't care about the organic bollocks, but the flavours are well balanced and I could sink a few of these. The only flaw seems to be an excessive flavour of yeast - I wonder if this is due to the age of the bottle. Worthy.

jazzyjeff13, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of rastaman
2.48/5  rDev -27.3%

I got this at some country pub in Berkshire. It was bottled, and the guy said he had never sold a bottle ever, which made me question the freshness of the bottle. I mean, it tasted OK freshness wise, and it had some pretty decent flavour. But the body was too sticky and thin. Some buttery/toffee malts, with some drying hops. Short finish, and preetty predictable. Drinkable though.

rastaman, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of RDW
3/5  rDev -12%

RDW, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%

A light easy drink but mostly full flavor ale, with grapefruit floral aroma from the hops. Orange, thin white cap. Light on tongue. Bitter-sour as British could do. I could take a bit of this above-average brew. Balance hops and malt, short fizzy-watery finish.

Sammy, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of KTCamm
2.05/5  rDev -39.9%

Bottle was great, beer was not.

Poured a copper orange color, very little foam, very little lacing.

Smell was awful. Very bitter stale beer smell, like a dorm room on a Saturday morning. Did not make me want to drink this beer.

Taste was just ok. There is a sweet malt taste that is bombarded by a bitter hop. The bitter is not all that pleasing, and stick with you longer than ideal.

Not recommended. Much better pales out there, and better offerings from this brewery.

KTCamm, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of elricorico
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%

Yellow orange and slightly hazy. Thin white head that doesn't last and leaves just a little lacing.

Toffee like malt and herbal hops make for a balanced aroma.

Thin body and lowish carbonation carries first a light toffee flavour then hints of mandarin orange. The finish is tea-like hops that are just a little bitter. Fairly standard in flavour, but goes down easy enough. Nothing exciting.

elricorico, May 26, 2008
Photo of hotstuff
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%

This is only my second blonde ale to rate so I am not completely sure how a Blonde Ale should taste and smell, etc. This particular Blonde Ale poured a small white head of fine-small bubbles that quickly dissipated. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass. The body was gold and there was carbonation observed. I noticed a lingering bitterness with this Blonde Ale.

hotstuff, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of BierFan
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%

Poured from a 16.9 ounce green bottle into a pint glass. The label says "Organic English Ale" but I'm guessing it's the same beer as the Organic Ale.

Appearance: The head is pretty disappointing. Whole bottle into the glass any got me about a quarter inch of head. Hazy amber/brown body.

Smell: Little bit of hops, Nice biscuity sweetness.

Taste: Bitterness is higher than I was expecting. Nice. Nutty and biscuity.

BierFan, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of Brent
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%

Whenever I need a beer as an example of "breadyness" I'll turn to this beer. The impression that hit me at first sip was that this is liquid whole wheat "wheatberry" bread. Strikingly malty, with reserved hops bittering that showed up at the very end to lend a rather sour bitterness. An interesting beer, but not something I think I'd want to drink a great deal of.

Brent, Aug 11, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -12%

St. Peter's Organic Ale 4.5° – 3.00
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd in Bungay, Suffolk, United Kingdom (England)

I have developed a liking to these organic beers and hunt them out wherever possible, this one being from England.

It pours cloudy and hazy with the color a light lemon yellow with a middling head, frothy and off white in color, the lace a satisfactory sheet to cover the glass. Citrus like aroma at the front, followed by a sweet malt almost nutlike aroma, hints of “bread dough”, pleasant as the go, start was somewhat sweet with a nice malt profile, top a bit thin. Finish was adequately carbonated, the hops pleasant and mild in their bite, a beer that surprised me as I was not expecting a lot, just goes to show you that you can’t judge a beer by its bottle!

Gusler, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%

Normal 500ml bottle, best before April 2008, drank in June 2007.

Poured into a Bateman's half pint sleeve glass (twice), it looked very drinkable. Light amber with a white foaming head, which sadly rushed to the side of the glass and clung there through the drink.

The aroma was of hops, malt and barley at first, but as the beer warmed up in the afternoon sun, toffee and caramel esters came into the smell.

I thought the taste was delightful, a sweet complexed flavour of toffee and molasses, which blended in with the more normal English Ale characteristic tastes.

The mouthfeel was full , but not overly, the aftertaste becomes dryer than the initial flavours would indicate.

A very drinkable beer, I would love to try this on cask, if it is available. I have visited the brewery and the hall used as the brewery tap, a lovelly place to drink their beers. I shall see if this is on tap if I ever get down to their place again.

BlackHaddock, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of vinicole
3/5  rDev -12%

vinicole, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%

This beer pours into a pint glass as a slightly hazed red-tinged gold. A thin head develops and diminishes very rapidly over gently wafting carbonation.

The smell is dominated by sweet malts with notes of biscuits, as well as a nice hop aroma.

Very crisp and clean, this beer tastes first and foremost of malty goodness. Slight sweet undertones, but the spicy hops are the next thing I notice.

The mouthfeel is medium-thin with a grainy texture and assertive carbonation. Drinkability is very good.

MrHassellYaHurd, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Globetrotter
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%

Nice oval shaped brown half-liter bottle with a very plain lettering only label. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 3/19/04, I opened it on 10/25/03.

Poured a pretty standard clear gold under a very thin head with big bubbles. Next to no head retention, and no lace. The nose is mild, with hints of barley, while the mouth is a bit too prickly, with a medium-body. The taste opens thin and grainy with a touch of sourness, but that is followed by nice flowery hops that provide a good crisp bitter impression. The finish is all hops, leading to a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. This is certainly not a big, complex beer, but it's very drinkable.

Globetrotter, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of Buundy
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Buundy, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of t3hcho53non3
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%

A: Pours a hazy gold with a white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Organic notes of malts; with some floral notes and limited hops

T: Sight taste of hops initially but changes to the floral tones that were evident in the smell. Very smooth. As it warmed up the beer became more complex

M: Light bodied with almost no carbonation

D: Very drinkable and evolves from drink to drink

t3hcho53non3, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured into a dimpled handled pint pot making a vibrant yellow body it looks like a child's lemon drink with not much in the way of a wispy white head.

Now let me say this, surely an organic ale should be bottle conditioned so that the CO2 is natural?

Hoppy aroma with hints of malt not a big nose though.

The taste starts bitter and gets more intense.
Very hoppy that drives and finally tapers with a yeasty zing.

Very lively and a bit too carbonated for my liking.

Theres not much depth to this ale but what it does it does well
i.e. being a hop monster and bitter tasting beer.
Not totally my style but tasty still.

EmperorBevis, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of mikegodat
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%

bought this beer on a whim. I was kind of concerned when I opened the bottle to get a hint of what I thought was skunk. Turns out that I believe it was just the brewing style.

Slight head, Great color, slight yeast residue in bottom of bottle.

Crisp and sharp on the tongue, smooth on the palate. I would reccomend this beer to any one with the desire to expand their palate

mikegodat, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Sigmund
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%

500 ml bottle, bought at Vaaland Spesialbutikken, Bryne. ABV is 4.5%. Deep golden to brown colour, moderate carbonation, low head. Nice aroma of fruity hops. Well balanced flavour with distinct fruity hops on a sufficient malty base, and a grapefruity bitterness in the finish. Very drinkable. Good beer!

Sigmund, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of Mumps
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%

This was bought on a whim by the bar tender at my local spot (good call Wes). I was intrigued by the bottle, as was everyone around me.

Color was a nice gold, with a small, quickly disappearing head with decent lacing. Smell was sweet, with a citrus hint and strong English ale smell. Initial taste was interesting, and I wasn't sure about whether I would like it. After a few more tastes though, I warmed up to it. By the end of the bottle, it had become one of the best beers I've tasted. I wouldn't recommend it for any parties, but in small groups of like minded people I would say good call.

Very drinkable beer. Looking forward to trying more from the brewery (if i can find it)

Mumps, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of ronniebruner
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%

This is one of the better organic beers Ive drank in a while. Though not well known here in the Southwest United States yet, this brand is still very popular. The color of this beer is a light golden yellow, the aroma very hoppy, and the tase very full of hops. This is a good beer for the price and I would recommend it.

ronniebruner, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of patra7
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Appearance: Very nice bottle but the beer itself does not impress with its looks. Light Amber / light copper color. Thin, whitish head that dissipates very, very quickly.

Aroma: Intense grassy, citrusy, floral flavors. I feel like I'm rolling in a field full of tall grass and flowers. Amazing! Incredibly refreshing, right from the start, before you even drink the first sip.

Taste: For someone with little experience in British ales, like me, it does have a ...British character, without being too... "weird". Floral and slightly bitter character always there, with an underlying maltiness to keep things in balance. Fairly strong alcoholic character, besides the mere 4.5% abv.

Mouthfeel: Light, "thin", but just right for its character. Little, but still detectable, carbonation. Sense of dryness in the end.

Drinkability: Yes. Just yes! Can you smell that (addictive) smell? Refreshing, light, but nowhere close to "watery". How did they do it? It must be the fresh, organic ingredients, among other things.

Nicely paired with cheddar cheese and Greek "imi-hloro" (semi-fresh / green) cheese.

patra7, Jun 20, 2010
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St. Peter's Organic Ale from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
78 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.